Listed below are the details of each workshop and panel in Breakout Session 1.
Location: Constitution A 2nd Floor
Consulting Senior Analyst, Accenture
Iris is originally from Israel with roots leading back to Russia and has been living in Boston for the past 17 years. She went to Boston University and graduated in May 2015 with degrees in Business Administration and Economics. Since graduating, Iris has been working at Accenture in the Consulting practice. She has been on several projects with exposure to varied industries such as Medical, Insurance and Retail. She would describe herself as a foodie (crazy about Ramen!), a music lover and has an insatiable need to see the world. Her dream is to explore Southeast Asia and experience the varied infusions of culture and food.
Associate, LEK Consulting
Diana is an associate at L.E.K. Consulting in the Boston office. She graduated from Harvard in 2017, where she studied economics and computer science. In particular, she focused her research on environmental economics. Prior to joining L.E.K. Consulting, Diana interned in banking, retail, and public service. In her three months at L.E.K. Consulting, she has worked on cases in the Industrials, Aviation, and Life Sciences sectors. In her free time, Diana enjoys going to museums and theaters, and - like many millennials - is a serial traveler and foodie.
Sadie is an analyst at Innosight, an innovation and growth strategy consulting firm based in Lexington, MA. She helps clients identify disruptive forces their businesses face, better understand their customers, and develop strategies and capabilities to ensure long-term success. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies across a variety of sectors including healthcare, energy, industrials, logistics, and insurance. Prior to joining Innosight, Sadie spent time working with social venture startups at the MassChallenge and Harvard Innovation Labs incubators. She has an A.B. in History & Literature from Harvard College, where she served as a member of the board for Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. When she isn’t helping clients solve business innovation challenges, Sadie enjoys hiking, running marathons, scuba and free diving, and cooking with family and friends.
Kate is an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group in Boston. Kate graduated from Duke with a degree in Economics and a minor in history. At BCG, Kate has worked primarily in private equity and is currently staffed with a Canadian retailer. Her other work experience includes time with Strategas Research Partners and JP Morgan Chase. At Duke, Kate was President of the Club Field Hockey team, President of her sorority, served as a mentor in Duke's organization for women in business, and tutored refugees living in the Durham community. Outside of work, her interests include cooking, travel, college football and being outside.
VP Strategy at Capital One
Tamara Sigler is a Vice President in the Strategy Group based in Capital One's McLean headquarters. She is currently focused on Capital One’s technology transformation and digital innovation agenda, partnering with teams building our Eno virtual assistant and implementing machine learning across Capital One. Earlier in 2017 she worked with our upmarket credit card team understanding the needs of our target customer segment and identifying new product and feature opportunities. Tamara graduated from Harvard in 2008 with a BA in Economics and a secondary concentration in Psychology. While at Harvard, Tamara played varsity field hockey and currently serves as the chair of the Harvard Field Hockey alumni group. Prior to Capital One, she spent two years at First Manhattan Consulting Group working primarily for retail bank clients. Today, she lives in northern Virginia with her husband. Tamara loves Wegmans, penguins, traveling, and white wine.
Finance 101: Being a Woman in the "Boys Club" Finance Industry
Location: Gardner 3rd Floor
Senior Analyst, Macquarie
Katharine Rudzitis joined Macquarie’s Commodity Solutions team in 2015. Commodity Solutions is a capital provider for the commodity markets and leverages its deep industry knowledge across the commodity value chain and expertise in physical commodity transactions. The team focuses on term debt, working capital, and risk management solutions.
Katharine is a member of Women@Macquarie and the NY Community Advisory Committee, a regional advisor to Macquarie’s charitable group. Outside of work, Katharine loves drinking tea, traveling, and volunteering with Read Ahead, where she is a junior board co-chair and reading mentor.
Financial Analyst, Harvard University Campus Services
Pendery Haines is a Financial Analyst at Harvard University Campus Services. She prepares annual budgets, year-end reports, and multi-year financial plans for the six business units of Transportation Services. In her previous role at Harvard, she was a Finance Associate at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research. There she managed spending for federally-sponsored accounts. Prior to that, she was an equity partner in an interior design firm where she oversaw legal and financial preparations to franchise the concept.
Pendery is an Active member of the Junior League of Boston where she is currently the founding chair of the Jeremiah Program Committee and Assistant to the President. Additionally, she is a state chair for the Middlebury Alumni Admissions Program and volunteers monthly at Community Servings. In her spare time, Pendery loves to ski and travel. She graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College in 2008 with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and Spanish minor and earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, General Management from Harvard University in 2015.
Immediate Past President, Mayflower Council Boy Scouts of America
Sherry serves as the Immediate Past President of the Mayflower Council of the Boy Scouts of America, an organization serving over 11,000 youth in eastern Massachusetts. In her most recent role as President and Chairman of the Board, Sherry led two of the strongest councils through a merger, applying corporate business skills in the non-profit arena to result in a more efficient and effective delivery of the mission, particularly to underserved communities. Those same business skills were applied to institute a new era of corporate governance as well as an updated approach to marketing and membership.
Sherry earned her bachelor's degree in Economics from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and holds an MBA and a Masters in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (AGSIM) in Glendale, Arizona. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Sherry resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband, Jim, two sons, Duncan and Addison, and two golden retrievers, Chelsea and Chester. She is in the process of completing her certification in fine art appraisal and obtaining a Certificate of Drawing and Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Vice President Merchant Banking at Goldman Sachs
Megan Saltzman is a Vice President in the Private Credit Group within the Merchant Bank of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman, Megan was a Research Analyst at Fidelity Investments, overseeing $5bn of leveraged loan, high yield bond and equity investments across the homebuilding & real estate and cable & satellite television sectors. Megan also has prior professional experience as a Senior Associate in the Private Equity Group at Parthenon consulting and as an Associate in the Business Operations & Strategy Group of Google. Megan has an A.B. in Applied Mathematics and an M.B.A., both from Harvard University.
Senior Director, Retail Financial Services Risk Management at TIAA-CREF
Eugenie Sullivan joined TIAA in 2015. As Senior Director in the Enterprise Risk Management Group she supports the Retail Financial Services business including IRA, 529, Managed Accounts, Brokerage and TC Life Insurance. She provides counsel to business partners including senior business leaders on a variety of topics from product development, retail product execution management and audit to overall risk management. Additionally, she reviews business plans and challenges assumptions to support their reasonableness and fit with corporate strategy. Prior to TIAA, she spent 24 years at Bank of America and its predecessors. Her experience ranges from Risk Executive positions overseeing Wealth Management Product Governance to direct client facing roles as Managing Director responsible for a $5Billion Leveraged Loan portfolio. Eugenie earned her MBA from Boston University, in Boston, MA and her undergraduate degree from Niagara University, in Niagara Falls, NY. She also holds a degree in French from the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She earned her Six Sigma Green Belt in 2006. Eugenie is on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes where she has held various leadership positions including Treasurer, over the past 17 years. Eugenie is located at TIAA’s Boston office. She enjoys hiking in our National Parks with her husband and two sons when time permits.
Breaking into the Fashion Industry
Location: Public Garden 5th Floor
Julie de Loca
Chief Marketing Officer and Founder at Loca Marketing
Julie DeLoca is an innovative marketer and brand builder with expertise in retail, luxury, fashion, tech and beauty marketing and advertising. Through her consulting practice, LOCA Marketing, Julie offers all the services of a CMO and marketing department, helping established brands and start-ups tell their story. Before launching LOCA, Julie developed ad campaigns for global luxury brands and mass-market companies on both coasts, she was president of MODCO Creative and led successful new business teams. She then went on to run the marketing departments at Rebecca Minkoff and Eli Tahari, two of the most inspired and growth-oriented apparel and accessories brands. The result: an uncommon balance of creativity, brand strategy and business development and a unique ability to transform great brands into iconic sales-driven companies. In addition to championing brands through LOCA Marketing, Julie mentors companies within the retail and fashion-tech space via The New York Fashion Tech Lab, Springboard Enterprises and General Assembly. She regularly speaks about fashion-tech, women’s entrepreneurship and the future of retail. Julie keeps up with pop culture thanks to an endless stream of videos, memes and eye-rolling from her teenage children Ray, the sneaker head and Olivia the @Whistlingbaker.
Owner - Chief Creative Officer Heloisa Fitzgerald Jewelry, DFL & Blingtec
Heloisa Fitzgerald is the Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer for Blingtec and Heloisa Fitzgerald Jewelry. Heloisa Fitzgerald's international upbringing, love of art, designs and characters, has inspired her beautiful, timeless and versatile jewelry. Born in Brazil, educated in France and the United States, Heloisa is trained in law, she also has an MBA and has studied international business at Harvard before embarking on a career in design.
Co-Founder of Brass
Katie Demo founded Brass with her business partner Jay Adams in September 2014. Brass is a majority women-owned business that values working with expert factories to make high-quality women’s clothing. As a digitally native brand, Katie has worked to develop a customer-centric marketing strategy to increase brand awareness, develop a loyal community, and drive revenue growth.
Katie got her start working in tech. She worked as a marketing manager for six years where she learned the ropes of digital marketing and strategy. During that time, she also completed her MBA. Following that, she became a marketing manager at an e-commerce shoe and accessories retailer in the Boston area. It was there where Katie developed her love of e-commerce strategy, B2C marketing, and branding.
Talent and Digital Strategy Manager at The Society Management
Vicky is part of the renowned team at The Society Management, the New York City branch of Elite Group and talent agency of notable individuals such as Adriana Lima, Kendall Jenner, Willow Smith, Liu Wen, Josephine Skriver, Irene Kim, and more. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she retains experience in numerous facets of the fashion industry, with her current focus being innovation of talent management for the digital age. She works closely with brands and media outlets such as Calvin Klein, Chopard, Estee Lauder, Fashionista, Marc Jacobs, The New York Times, and Vogue on an ongoing basis, providing an array of services ranging from talent partnerships to public relations. Outside of the business, Vicky commits to independent studies of various topics, including minority history in the US as well as the influence of social media upon future generations. She can also be found at classical music concerts and anime/sci-fi conventions throughout the NYC area.
Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Boomdash.com
Julia Stedman is currently the Head of Business Development and Partnerships at Boomdash.com. She is an award-winning digital strategist, creative marketer and proven revenue driver. Julia has spent much of her career at Condé Nast working on some of the most iconic brands, including Vogue.com, Style.com, Domino, Teen Vogue, Allure and more. In 2016, Julia left Conde Nast to become the GM | Associate Publisher Sales & Marketing at Fashionista.com where she led the site’s first sales and marketing efforts after being packaged as part of the Say Media network—growing revenue through new and innovative brand partnerships. She most recently spent time consulting at CBS News Digital and select early-stage fashion/digital/e-comm start-ups. Julia is a graduate of Barnard College where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She currently resides in New York City.
Navigating the Tech Industry
Location: Commonwealth 3rd Floor
Vice President of Client Services at Crunch Time
Jean has been CrunchTime’s Vice President of Client Services for the last 17 years, where she’s developed a deep understanding of how the best of the best hospitality companies operate. Her path began with a BA in management from Johnson and Wales, leading to a position spearheading restaurant technology initiatives for the Metromedia Restaurant Group, and finally to CrunchTime. Along the way, an unwavering empathy for the end user has been a hallmark of her work. Jean also pursues volunteering, tennis, and travel (though with 3 young sons it’s rarely relaxing!)
Manager of Customer Services at Hubspot
· Elena Hekimian is a Manager of Customer Success at HubSpot, where she is responsible for managing a team of employees to improve their skills and expertise while developing new programs that drive customer success and increase retention. Prior to her role as Manager at HubSpot, she was an Customer Success Specialist herself and experienced the phases leading up to and executing Hubspot's IPO in 2014. Before HubSpot Elena started her career at Blue Sky Factory, an Email Service Provider in Baltimore, MD. Outside of work, Elena is an avid Esplanade morning runner and is passionate about women in athletics. She holds a BS in Sports and Recreation Management from Temple University and is a Letterwinner of the Women's Soccer team.
Head of Product Capital One Labs NYC at Capital One
Jennifer Lopez is the Head of Product for the NY Innovation Lab for Capital One. There she leads a set of multi-disciplinary teams working on consumer facing innovations in the financial services space. Prior to this role she lead the Design Strategy group at Capital One for the Credit Card and Digital departments where she helped introduce Design Thinking to the company and helped build the curriculum and trained over 5000 employees. Prior to Capital One Jennifer ran a venture backed startup and was part of the second class of companies through 500 Startups Accelerator. Jennifer has taught design thinking to executives from around the world and students across America through the Stanford University d.school. She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College with a major in Human Geography and a M.F.A. from Stanford in Product Design and Innovation. She currently lives in Brooklyn New York.
General Manager at UberEATS Boston
Cathy Zhou is the General Manager of UberEATS Boston. UberEATS is an online food delivery platform that allows users to get food delivered from their favorite restaurants at the tap of a button. Cathy joined Uber in 2014 and was most recently the General Manager for Uber Greater New England, overseeing operations for rides expansion markets. Before Uber, Cathy worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where she focused on technology and consumer/retail clients. Prior to that, Cathy worked at Google as part of an internal startup in the television advertising space. Cathy began her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
Women in Venture Capital and Growth Equity
investor, Cue Ball Capital
Tasnia Huque is on the investment team at Cue Ball Capital, an evergreen venture capital firm based in Boston, where she is responsible for sourcing and leading technology investments. Prior, she was at Barclays in the investment banking division in the industry agnostic M&A group. Born and brought up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tas moved to United States to attend Bates College and graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Mathematics, Economics & Spanish.
Analyst, Bessemer Venture partners
Kristen Faulkner graduated from Harvard in 2016 with an A.B. in Computer Science and now works as an analyst at Bessemer Venture Partners in New York City. At Harvard, Kristen was on the Varsity Rowing team and very active in startup extracurriculars. She co-founded a healthcare startup, received dedicated space at the Harvard iLab, and completed a research project on the NYC startup ecosystem. Kristen's role at Bessemer is to identify & diligence new startups, which involves researching new industries and building relationships with entrepreneurs. During Kristen's first year at Bessemer, she launched an initiative to host weekly office hours for female entrepreneurs so that women can receive feedback on their ideas and increase their access to funding. Kristen looks forward to returning to Harvard soon to receive her MBA as part of the HBS 2+2 program. Kristen is originally from Homer, Alaska and enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors.
Associate at Audax Private Equity
Anjalie Christie is an Associate at Audax Private Equity in Boston where she works across multiple sectors including technology, healthcare, industrials, and business/consumer services. She has an entrepreneurial background and was integral to the founding, development, and go-to-market strategy and execution for Ripa® Wear (www.ripawear.com), a successful female-run footwear start-up. Prior to her current position at Audax, Anjalie worked at Morgan Stanley in New York City. Anjalie is on the executive committee of Boston Women in Private Equity, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and empowering women in Private Equity and Venture Capital. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in economics (cit. data analysis) and was a member of Dartmouth Investment & Philanthropy, Women in Business, the Women’s Lacrosse Team, and the Management Leadership & Development Program.
Vice President at Battery Ventures
Sabrina joined Battery Ventures in 2015. She focuses on later-stage software investments. Before joining to Battery, Sabrina was an associate at H.I.G. Growth Partners, a private equity firm focused on recapitalizations of lower-middle market, growth oriented businesses. There, she sourced, evaluated and executed investments in the consumer, healthcare and technology sectors. She also previously spent time at Westwind Investors. Sabrina received a BA in biology and economics from Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, Sabrina was captain of the varsity Alpine ski
Associate at Saturn Partners
Anne has been a member of Saturn Partners since 2015 and is a passionate healthcare and tech investor. Prior to joining Saturn, Anne worked as a clinical researcher in the Neurology Department at MGH, where she served as lead coordinator for several ALS and MS clinical trials and examined telehealth and tech opportunities in patient care. Anne graduated cum laude from Yale College with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In her free time she can be found in the yoga studio and cheering on her hometown Pittsburgh teams.
workshop: Marketing and Advertising
Principal, marlo marketing
Marlo is the founder of marlo marketing, based in Boston with an office in NYC. Marlo began the agency in 2004 with one staff member and four core clients including Starbucks Coffee. Thirteen years later, marlo marketing has become a leading integrated marketing/communications agency, serving international, national and regional clients ranging from hotel properties to national snack brands, alcoholic beverages to senior living properties, & restaurants to urban development groups, to name but a few.
The agency has won more than 30 communications industry awards including the Silver Bulldog Stars of PR Awards, Small Agency of the Year; Bulldog Digital/Social PR Awards for Excellence in Online Communications and PR News PR People Award.
Marlo supports many non-profits and donates much of her time to pro-bono PR work. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Public Market Association and the Boston Police Athletic League. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences.
President, Gray and Partners
For more than 25 years, Reagan has been a leader in creating marketing, branding, public relations and advertising campaigns for a variety of organizations. Although most of her work in California and New England has been within the healthcare industry, Reagan has worked with a variety of other industries helping them build their brands.
Reagan received her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Public Administration, Social Welfare and Women’s Studies. After graduation, her passion for politics served as the impetus for attending The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She earned her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Policy. Whether it was following legislation on Capitol Hill or her internship at the Department of Health and Human Services, Reagan took advantage of all the capitol had to offer.
Reagan lives in the Back Bay of Boston and in between clients, is active in local, state and national politics.
Marketing Manager, SnapApp
Kara Widdison is the Marketing Manager for Boston tech startup, SnapApp, an interactive content creation platform. Kara received her Bachelor’s from Wheelock College in Psychology and Human Development, with a minor in Visual Arts, and a certificate in Human Services. She completed her Master’s in Communication at Lasell College, with a focus in Public Relations. Out of all the day-to-day work, her favorite parts of the job are managing paid advertising and content syndication, and creating the monthly prospect newsletter. Outside of the office Kara enjoys painting, reading about Greek and Egyptian mythology, traveling, and spending time with her cat, Chandler Bing.
Co Founder and President at Spritz Marketing
workshop: CONNECTING WITH TOP BUSINESS SCHOOLS PART 1
Executive Director, Full-time MBA Admissions, Haas School of Business
Morgan is the executive director of full-time MBA admissions at Berkeley-Haas, and a 2009 alumna of the program. She is deeply passionate about helping prospective students navigate the business school landscape, and brings an authentic, compassionate, and transparent approach to her admissions processes. She is inspired daily by Haas students and carefully curates a community that demonstrates self-awareness, curiosity, resilience, and optimism - among other important leadership attributes. Before joining the Haas admissions team in 2011, Morgan primarily worked in marketing and general strategy roles in the technology, education management, and services industries. When not recruiting the next class of future business leaders, Morgan can be found chasing after her two young children with her fellow MBA 2009 husband, training for her next running event, or exploring California wine country with friends.
Director of Admissions, MAcc Programs, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
Emily Cochran is seasoned in recruiting priorities for professional services firms, having managed the Audit and Tax practices at KPMG in Atlanta. During her six years there, she developed and executed campus recruiting strategies at KPMG's Premier universities and provided counsel to recruiting partners and other team members. She joined Vanderbilt in August 2013, and she provides valuable, industry-relevant insights to the admissions process for the Vanderbilt MAcc programs. Emily enjoys meeting prospective MAcc students on the various campuses she visits. When she's not spending time on the road or recruiting 'right fit' students for Vanderbilt MAcc, Emily likes to travel, try new restaurants and enjoy virtually any activity outdoors.
Director of External Engagement, Wharton MBA Admissions
Working in higher education for 15 years (Georgetown University and University of Pennsylvania), Shannon's roles have involved study abroad programs (5 years), career services (7 years) and now admissions (3 years.) Shannon has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's from American University.
Student, Harvard Business School
Mizuho is a current 2nd year student at Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in Tokyo for four years. During the summer, Mizuho was an intern at National Public Radio working on their Strategy team.
Associate Product Owner at Scotiabank Digital
Noorin received her undergraduate degree in Biochemical Engineering from University College London in 2010, prior to joining the industrial and environmental services industry. She spent 5 years in the Middle East and Europe as an engineer and project manager, with responsibilities in operations, business development and strategy. She completed her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2017 and is currently in a Digital Product Management leadership development program in Toronto.
VP of Finance at Manhattan Prep
A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School, Grace Trewartha is the VP of Finance at Manhattan Prep, the worldwide leader in GMAT test prep. Prior to joining the full-time staff of Manhattan Prep, Grace worked on Wall Street at Deutsche Bank and in corporate finance at The Estée Lauder Companies. She is also the CFO of the Trewartha family. Grace currently splits her time between New York City, home of the crankiest people on the planet, and Madison, WI, nexus of Midwestern Nice. In her spare time, Grace enjoys dispensing personal financial advice, witty repartee, and kicking back with her husband and their three young children.
Senior Director of Admissions at Columbia School of Business
Annie Carnahan joined the Columbia Business School (CBS) admissions team in 2010 and has held a number of roles as a member of the admissions committee, including her current position focusing on diversity recruitment. She works closely with student leaders from Columbia Women in Business, the Black Business Students Association, the Hispanic Business Association, the Military in Business Association, and Cluster Q (the LGBTQ and Ally club at CBS). Annie received her BA in Sociology from Vassar College and her MA in Sociology and Education Policy from Teachers College Columbia University. When not reading application files, she enjoys running half marathons, traveling to meet prospective students around the world, and exploring New York City.
workshop: "How to have it all"
Founder, The Concordia Project
Renaissance woman and entrepreneur Jennifer Iannolo brings her insights and initiatives to audiences from Nepal to NYC to Washington, DC. As closing keynote speaker at Harvard’s Women in Business Week 2015, she unveiled The Concordia Project™ — designed to bring forth a global conversation of inclusive empowerment. A pioneer in digital media, Jennifer co-created Culinary Media Network®, the world’s first all-food podcast channel, in 2006. She’s been featured in international media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, a New York Times bestseller, and the documentary Eat. Cook. Love. While an undergraduate at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she built her second company and chaired a conference on social entrepreneurship (before it was an official major or a buzzword). Today she partners with leaders of social impact, including the U.S. State Department. Jennifer lives in NYC, and can be found in the ether as @foodphilosophy.